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Transplanting is Transformational

The Micro Farm is a “buzz” with activity.

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

The strawberry patch is also producing lovely berries this year.  Such a nice crop mean I need to protect the ripe berries from animals nibbling.

The strawberries protected

The strawberries protected

I use a bird netting purchased at a local nursery.  It keeps most of the critters from eating the ripe fruit.

I spent a good deal of the week transplanting seedlings.  One evening while working on the Micro Farm.  I noticed small movements near my neighbor’s shed.  Sure enough two small rabbits.  I knew I needed to do something to protect my tender and young plants.  Fencing is what I needed, but I wanted to avoid the traditional woven metal fence.  A local home store had landscaping timbers on sale, decision made.

New "fencing"

New “fencing”

Hopefully this will keep the rabbits out.  We will have to wait and see.

I transplanted tomatoes, peppers, celery, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Cabbage transplants

Cabbage transplants

Cauliflower transplant

Cauliflower transplant

Tomato transplants

Tomato transplants

I also planted five pounds of seed potatoes, another 75 onion sets, beets, edamame,  popcorn, and carrots.

Growing greens has been a failure so far this season.  So I am tried putting some seed in six-packs to determine the quality of the seed.  The seed produced well.  I In another week I will put them into the ground.

Lettuce seedlings

Lettuce seedlings

As the rain falls tonight.  I am excited to see how the young plants spring to life over the next week.

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.

Bee Cornee

I finished raking up pine needles this week.  I can not believe the warm temperatures.  I may not need the pine needles as mulch for several more weeks.

My neighbor also grows popcorn, and he stopped over Saturday to ask when I was planning to harvest.  We check in with each other around this time of year to talk popcorn.  I planned to harvest this weekend.  Everything looked nice and dry, no green cobs.  I had everything I needed to harvest.  Then I went to reach for the first cob, and all I saw was red.

This popcorn cob was eaten on the stalk

This popcorn cob was eaten on the stalk

The birds have been very busy.  They took at least three entire cobs.  I was pretty angry, mostly at myself for not getting to them sooner.  Fortunately, I have about 13 cobs drying.  The cobs need about a week to dry so the kernels are hard, no soggy popcorn.

Top Left - a cob just shucked; Top Right - close up of an ear still on the stalk; Bottom Left - half the cobs drying; Bottom Right - the other half drying

Top Left – a cob just shucked; Top Right – close up of an ear still on the stalk; Bottom Left – half the cobs drying; Bottom Right – the other half drying

After the cobs dry out. I work the kernels off the cob and store the kernels in quart mason jars.

Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a glimpse of red while carrying popcorn ears to the harvest basket.  Upon further investigation I found a very nice looking red pepper.

Another beautiful red pepper

Another beautiful red pepper

The green, and red, peppers have been excellent this year.  It is rare for me to be able to grow this many red peppers but with the mild temperatures it has allowed them to ripen to red.

Today I picked my first rutabaga.  I think my first year growing rutabagas has been successful.

First rutabaga the size of my hand

First rutabaga the size of my hand

Not only are the vegetables still doing well, I have a few flowers still in bloom.  On one of the cosmos flowers was a bee.

A bee working late into the evening

A bee working late into the evening

I am always happy to see pollinators working this late in the Fall.  When you are thinking about your garden next year think about how to feed pollinators in the Fall and early Spring.  Bees and other pollinators need food sources in those times when flowers are scarce.  Bees are a natural resource that is at risk, so please help them however you can.

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.